Intestinal Illness Acquired From Animals - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Intestinal Illness Acquired From Animals

Animals are the source of several important intestinal pathogens, including E. coli O157:H7, Cryptosporidium parvum, Campylobacter, and Salmonella.

People usually get intestinal illnesses (foodborne illnesses like E. coli O157:H7, Campylobacter, Salmonella, Cryptosporidium) from food and water. But, you can also get any of these from contact with animals or their environments.

In recent years, intestinal diseases associated with places where the public has contact with farm animals (e.g., petting zoos, state or county fairs, educational farms) have been identified with increasing frequency. Minnesota is no exception to this trend.

Updated Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 02:35PM